from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An adhesive substance with an acrylate base that is used in industry and medicine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun organic chemistry Any of a class of esters of the cyano derivative of acrylic acid that are used as instant adhesives


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  • Coover stumbled upon the chemical, called cyanoacrylate, in 1942 while developing gun sights for Eastman Kodak.

    Boing Boing

  • The work included polymers, organophosphate chemistry, gasification of coal and of course, cyanoacrylate.

    Harry Coover, Super Glue inventor, dies at 94

  • The work included polymers, organophosphate chemistry, the gasification of coal and of course, cyanoacrylate.

    Super Glue inventor dies aged 94

  • Coover was working for Tennessee Eastman Company when an accident resulted in the creation of cyanoacrylate – better known as Super Glue – according to his grandson, Adam Paul of South Carolina.

    Super Glue inventor dies aged 94

  • It is held together with a combination of screws, hot melt glue, and cyanoacrylate glue.

    Boing Boing

  • It may be called Krazy Glue, but the effect of cyanoacrylate fumes on the eyes is no laughing matter.

    Sweetest Ta-glue: Putting the "Sade" in "Crusade"

  • A medical literature search shows that, in general, several of them — ethyl cyanoacrylate, formalin, toluene, and MMA — have been shown to induce neuropathy and can cause one or more of the following: irritation of the eyes, skin, mucous membranes, respiratory tract, or damage the kidneys or liver.

    Manicures: The price may be higher than it seems

  • It only takes ten minutes for the cyanoacrylate—the Krazy Glue—to properly work.


  • There were dozens of good ways to raise latent prints but one of the best, on metal surfaces, was simply to use store-bought Super Glue, cyanoacrylate.

    The Burning Wire

  • He walked over to a cyanoacrylate fuming box located on a table nearby.

    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Shock Treatment


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